Violence Policy Center

The Violence Policy Center is a national tax-exempt educational organization working for a safer America through research, investigation, analysis, and advocacy. The VPC provides information to policymakers, journalists, organizations, advocates, and the general public.

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Monday, October 02, 2017
Violence Policy Center Statement on Las Vegas Mass Shooting
In response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that left more than 50 victims dead and more than 400 injured, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Little more than a year after our nation’s most deadly mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
More Than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds
More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2015 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2015 Homicide Data . This annual report is released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October...
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
More Than 1,100 Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Concealed Carry Killers Since 2007, Latest VPC Research Shows
Innocent victims continue to die at the hands of private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns according to ongoing research from the Violence Policy Center (VPC). Concealed handgun permit holders are responsible for more than 1,100 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, VPC...
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Statement of Violence Policy Center on Lethal Mass Shooting of Law Enforcement in Dallas
In the wake of the sniper attack last night at a peaceful protest rally in Dallas that left five law enforcement officers dead and seven wounded, as well as two private citizens, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann stated: “For years, the Violence Policy Center has warned that...
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Violence Policy Center Statement on Lafayette, LA Movie Theater Shooting
Following yesterday’s shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater reportedly with a 40 caliber handgun that left two dead and nine injured before the shooter killed himself, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Once again, ordinary...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, Study Finds
Private citizens rarely use guns to kill criminals or stop crimes, a new study from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds. The study, Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use , shows that private citizens are far more likely to use guns to harm others or themselves than to...
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Thursday, June 04, 2015
VPC Statement on Signing of New Domestic Violence Law in South Carolina
Today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law that strengthens penalties for domestic abusers and sets new restrictions on gun possession for domestic violence offenders, including a lifetime gun ban for the most severe crimes. A major impetus for the legislation was the annual...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
New and Expanded Online Resource Details Fatal Concealed Carry Incidents State by State
Today, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) launched a new and expanded version of Concealed Carry Killers, an online resource that provides hundreds of examples of fatal non-self defense incidents involving private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. This information can be viewed at...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
ATF Proposal to Restrict Certain Types of AR-15 Ammo Direct Result of Gun Industry’s Design and Marketing of Armor-Piercing Assault Pistols, VPC Report Shows
The firearms industry and gun lobby are fighting a battle of their own creation with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) according to a new report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC), AR-15 and AK-47 Assault Pistols: Rifle Power in a Handgun . As the report...
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Friday, December 12, 2014
Violence Policy Center Statement on the Second Anniversary of Newtown Shooting
Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, a native of Newtown, Connecticut, made the following statement in advance of the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012: “Two years ago this Sunday, 20 children and six educators were brutally...
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